Michael J. ” Worm” Hartsworm, 58, of El Paso, IL died at 5:47 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, IL.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Calvert-Johnson & Froelich Memorial Home; El Paso, IL. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the memorial home with Rev. Shelly Forrest officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso with Military Rites by the El Paso American Legion. A celebration of life will follow the service on Tuesday at Topsy’s in El Paso from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to National Wild Turkey Federation or the Wounded Warrior Project.
Mike was born June 19, 1956 in Waupaca, WI, the son of Robert and Brunhilde Golomb Hartsworm. Surviving is his fiancée, Jennifer Kaufman with whom he made his home; one brother, Ralph (Sue) Hartsworm of Monclova, OH; three sisters, Pat (Tom) Hucabee of Augusta, GA; Renee (Marty) Mykisen and Brenda (John) Sopa both of Waupaca, WI; and eight nieces and nephews.
The last several years Mike enjoyed life with his fiancée Jenny and her son Brandon and his family Amber, Kaitlyn and Miranda. Mike was a US Army Veteran and a member of the El Paso V.F.W Post 7185. He worked as a Maintenance coordinator for Fabral Corporation in Gridley. He was an avid hunter, golfer, fisherman, and trapper. He enjoyed trap shooting at the Secor Sportsmen’s Club, and was a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Mike’s hobbies included wood and metal working, he enjoyed painting and carving, and his designs are scattered throughout the Midwest. He was the creator of the Tom Foolery Custom turkey calls. He organized many benefits and fundraisers for individuals and organizations which raised thousands of dollars in the El Paso and Secor communities. Mike always enjoyed helping others. He was a spiritual man with a strong belief in God and a great appreciation for the Bible. He was a true and faithful Green Bay Packers fan. Although Mike spent his childhood in Wisconsin, he referred to the El Paso and Secor area as his home. He cherished the time he spent with Jenny, who was the love of his life, and his many friends that he called family.